One of the great marvels of the time is how effectively well-funded propaganda campaigns and a captive mainstream media have distorted the peoples' view of reality so that they act as if they are sleep-walking.
An ongoing trend in the US has been a tax code that favors large multinational corporations with loopholes and subsidies that far too often result in an effective tax rate of close to zero, despite booming corporate profits in the face of a long stagnation in median family income and wages.
The real unemployment numbers are shockingly high, and those jobs that are available are often part time and poorly paid. Justice is openly administered in ways that give the powerful a free pass on grossly criminal activity, from laundering drug money to financial racketeering. The rigging of prices and markets by powerful interests, and the lack of effective prosecution of such grave abuses of power, is something that seems to be de facto government policy.
This places small private businesses and individuals at a distinct disadvantage with regard to economic viability in the marketplace. It fosters consolidation and monopoly. It lends itself to a cynicism that is undermining the conscience of many of those who have sworn oaths of office. It isolates dissent to corrals and 'free speech zones.' It breaks up peaceful gatherings of protest with pepper spray, bullets, and clubs. It pollutes the internet with campaigns of disinformation, and silences the voices of journalists.